Anita & Richard

Four years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Anita & Richard's wedding and have considered them friends ever since. During their reception, Anita mentioned her own passion for, and experience in photography. She even expressed keen interest in assisting me one day. I never forgot Anita's enthusiasm and kept her in mind for future reference. Then one day an opportunity presented itself for me to contact Anita to determine whether or not she was still interested, and to assess her level of expertise. Upon learning she had all the right camera equipment, an artistic eye, and hard work ethic, I hired her as a second shooter. Although I generally prefer to photograph weddings on my own, on occasion I appreciate some assistance and Anita not only backs me up when I want to be in two places at once and can't, but she also has no issues whatsoever helping me carry my heavy equipment or keep track of my lens caps (which I have a bad habit of misplacing)! I enjoy occasionally having Anita as my sidekick, and her extra images are always well worth including in my clients' final sets. Most successful photographers find they need to outsource some aspects of their business from time to time, especially in the wedding industry which tends to be quite demanding and seasonal, so often overbooked in the summer months leading towards a tremendous backlog of editing and album designing. Lucky for me, Anita also happens to have a creative flair for design so I've had her help create clients' parents' photo books during peak periods as well. My appreciation and fondness for this former bride and forever friend (and her adorable husband) runs deep. Last year I ran a competition and asked for quotes from former clients to include in an ad I was having published in Bride Tasmania, and it was Richard's quote that won this one hour environmental portrait session. I was thrilled when Anita asked me to photograph her and Richard at her late grandparents' farm in Opossum Bay, which holds sentimental value for Anita and has all the essential elements I seek for perfect environmental portraiture - from rustic backdrops with strong textures to long grasses and gorgeous countryside! When we were finished shooting I told Anita that I already knew which images I'd love most, and they are these I took through bare tree limbs framing the couple against a weathered barn, along a dirt road in front of her grandfather's old workshop, and trudging though a wide open paddock...